Screen Legend Lauren Bacall Dead At 89

MoviesLegendary actress Lauren Bacall passed away today, reportedly the victim of a stroke at age 89. Bacall made her screen debut opposite Humphrey Bogart at age 19 in “To Have and Have Not”– a film in which she also memorably said, “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and… blow.”

The managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, Robbert J.F. de Klerk, said that Bacall died at home, but declined to give further details. “With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall,” the Humphrey Bogart Estate tweeted.

Bogart was married at the time he met Bacall, and, within months, divorced his wife. The couple married in 1945 and co-starred in three more films, “The Big Sleep,” “Dark Passage”, and “Key Largo.”

Despite the promising start and dozens more movie credits, Ms. Bacall’s early films—even by her account—were her best, and she never built a body of work to compare with actresses of similar stature, such as Katharine Hepburn.

She is survived by three children: Stephen and Leslie Bogart and Sam Robards.

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